Congressman Ted Lieu of California is known for trolling President Donald Trump on Twitter, antics that often get under the skin of his opponents, and creative ways to get his point across.
In June of 2018, on the floor of the House of Representatives, he played the sounds of crying children at a migrant detention center. He was told to cut it out and later tweeted “F**k decorum.” And there was the time when he was in a hearing with right-wing activist Candace Owens and played audio of her remarks about Adolf Hitler, infuriating Owens.
Lieu’s latest bit of trolling was done at the expense of the president. The Democrat hung a warning sign outside his office reading, “If you are a foreign power and you try something shade, we will report you to the FBI.”
We just posted this warning sign outside my Capitol Hill office. pic.twitter.com/FT3f7EJqCW
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) June 14, 2019
The note is a jab at Trump’s remarks in a recent ABC interview in which he said that he might accept help from a foreign power in an election. The president said, “It’s not an interference, they have information – I think I’d take it.”
Lieu later sent out another tweet trashing Trump. The lawmaker wrote, “You recently stated that you’d have no problem accepting dirt on a political opponent from a foreign power. Here’s a friendly reminder of what U.S. elected officials can and cannot accept. We’ve been told you prefer one-page memos with pictures. Hope this is helpful.”
The list of things Lieu wrote that Trump could accept includes “discussions” and “cookies.” On the list of things he wrote that Trump cannot accept, were “campaign donations, army of hackers, opposition research.”
Dear @POTUS: You recently stated that you'd have no problem accepting dirt on a political opponent from a foreign power. Here's a friendly reminder of what U.S. elected officials can and cannot accept. We've been told you prefer one-page memos with pictures. Hope this is helpful. pic.twitter.com/FGXlox0sC7
— Rep. Ted Lieu (@RepTedLieu) June 14, 2019
During his ABC interview, Trump tried to flatten the moral plane, comparing opposition research to election interference. The president said “You go and talk honestly to congressmen, they all do it. They always have. And that’s the way it is. It’s called ‘oppo research.'”